Sotheby’s (BID) and Its Rivals Comparing side by side.

As Specialty Retail Other company, Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) is competing with its competitors based on the dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0% of Sotheby’s’s shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.99% of all Specialty Retail Other’s companies shares are held by institutional investors. On other hand Sotheby’s has 0.3% of its shares held by company insiders vs. an average of 8.14% insiders ownership for its rivals.


Table 1 has Sotheby’s and its rivals’ return on assets, net margins and return on equity.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sotheby’s 10.29% 21.10% 4.50%
Industry Average 8.74% 18.64% 10.11%

Earnings and Valuation

The following data compares Sotheby’s and its rivals’ net profit, top-line revenue and valuation.

Net Income Gross Revenue Price/Earnings Ratio
Sotheby’s 107.01M 1.04B 21.22
Industry Average 480.77M 5.50B 29.95

Sotheby’s has lower revenue and P/E Ratio than its rivals. The business has a lower price-to-earnings ratio which is presently more affordable in contrast to its rivals.

Analyst Recommendations

Table 3 provides breakdown of recent ratings for Sotheby’s and its rivals.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sotheby’s 0 1 1 2.50
Industry Average 1.14 2.50 3.26 2.52

$47 is the consensus price target of Sotheby’s, with a potential upside of 8.44%. The potential upside of the competitors is 27.79%. The research analysts’ opionion based on the data given earlier is that Sotheby’s is looking more favorable than its competitors.


In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of Sotheby’s and its rivals.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Sotheby’s -2.82% -0.97% -2.32% -17.53% -21.23% 0.65%
Industry Average 6.59% 16.61% 21.15% 19.36% 59.08% 36.43%

For the past year Sotheby’s’s stock price has smaller growth than the average for its rivals.


The Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Sotheby’s are 1.2 and 1.2. Competitively, Sotheby’s’s rivals have 1.93 and 1.22 for Current and Quick Ratio. Sotheby’s’s competitors have better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than Sotheby’s.

Risk and Volatility

A beta of 1.29 shows that Sotheby’s is 29.00% more volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500. In other hand, Sotheby’s’s competitors have beta of 1.37 which is 36.81% more volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500.


$0.1 per share with a dividend yield of 0.23% is the annual dividend that Sotheby’s pays. On the other side, 3.65% is the dividend yield of Sotheby’s’s rivals.


Sotheby’s’s competitors show that they’re better in 8 of the 7 indicators compared to the company itself.

SothebyÂ’s operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, jewelry, wine, and collectibles in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France, Switzerland, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Agency and Finance. The Agency segment accepts property on consignment; and matches buyers and sellers of authenticated fine art, decorative art, jewelry, wine, and collectibles through the auction or private sale process. It is also involved in the sale of artworks; and operation of an auction house for investment-quality automobiles. The Finance segment offers art-related financing services, such as term loans secured by artworks that are not intended for sale. The company is also involved in the retail wine operations; licensing SothebyÂ’s International Realty and related trademarks; and licensing its SothebyÂ’s brand name for use in connection with the art auction business in Australia, and art education services in the United States and the United Kingdom. SothebyÂ’s was founded in 1744 and is headquartered in New York, New York.